The sacred heart of Paris

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The sacred heart of Paris

On my first trip to Paris the one place I never made it to was Montmartre and to Sacre Ceour, I thought I should save something to explore the next time I had my feet on those amazing Paris cobblestones.  As I departed Paris and tried to hold back all the tears, little did I know that day that I would be back in just four short weeks and that trip to Sacre Ceour would happen in a way I could have only dreamt about a few short months before.

While talking to a friend one day, he said they had spent the day at Montmartre and it was his favorite area of Paris, and that when I come back he would take me there and show me. So on a clear and cool Sunday night in November we drove through Paris, passing the lit up Notre Dame de Paris, Place de la République and the Moulin Rouge and then all of the sudden you see the white stones of the Basilica Sacre Ceour. It was late, the streets were empty and it was like we had it all to ourselves. No tourists snapping selfies or looking for the sites they have seen in Amelie, it was a quiet church that just happens to be one of the most recognized in the world. Inside the Basilica they were in the midst of mass so we quietly walked through admiring the interior, well that is until I almost ran into a wall and we both couldn't stop laughing that is.

Outside and in front of the Basilica is a long set of steps, but instead of looking down, look straight out. In front of you is all of Paris. She was lit up as far as you can see, the golden dome of Les Invalides, Notre Dame de Paris and the sparkling of La Tour Eiffel stand out like jewels that dot the horizon. All around us young couples were kissing on the steps, teenagers dancing and listening to music and all I could do was  truly appreciate the beauty that was in front of me and overlooking all of Paris, I would have thought I was in the middle of a dream.  

When my grandparents went to Paris, my grandfather fell in love with the village that seems so far from Paris and bought some paintings from the many artists that make Montmartre their home. I now look at that painting of Sacre Ceour every single day and I remember that truly perfect night that only had  just started at this beautiful church that translates in English to Sacred Heart. I am glad I saved my first trip to Sacre Ceour for that night, and further proof that everything happens for a reason.

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The moment that changes your life

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The moment that changes your life

I can track down to the minute that everything I knew in life changed in one blissful moment, and why this spot in the Jardin des Tuileries is one of the most romantic in Paris. Not only can you see some of her most amazing monuments in one perfect glance but if you are lucky, the sun will be setting on a perfect September night. September 7, 2016 at 20:30pm, standing in this very spot, happy laughter and French chatter all around me while friends drank wine in front of the fountain of the Tuileries, the sun had set and cast the most amazing pink glow across the sky. It was the first cloudless sunset I saw in Paris and the first that would fall behind le Tour Eiffel. In this very moment every single thing in life clicked into place like a puzzle and I fell madly in love with Paris and I found a feeling of home you can't explain to somebody until they have had the same experience. 

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La Tour Eiffel

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La Tour Eiffel

You might think that the  iconic Iron Lace Lady that stands tall over Paris that I have loved since the first time I saw her in a picture my grandpa showed me would be my favorite romantic spot in Paris. Oh it's up there as one of the top spots for so many reasons and even more that I discovered the many times I was standing in front of her and looking up.  But La Tour Eiffel has not always been loved by the city of Paris, but now you can't imagine the skyline without her and most Parisians are pretty proud to call her their own.  

Her beauty can be seen from all points of Paris, but she will disappear behind buildings and around corners to only pop right back up as a reminder that she is always close. Driving through Paris one night, not knowing the street I was on to just turn a corner and there she is, sparkling like a diamond as if to appear out of nowhere. On the hour from dusk until 1am for 5 amazing minutes, and best viewed from across the river Seine at the Jardins du Trocadéro so you can see her in all glory. 

She was built for the 1889 World's Fair and the centennial of the French Revolution. When Gustave Eiffel built what would become the greatest of Paris icons it was only to stand for 20 years. It was then used as a radio tour that helped save Paris in WWI, and then the French fell in love with her too. Couldn't imagine Paris without her and her delicate lace arches that is the epitome of style, grace and strength.  She will always be my first love when it comes to Paris and will never forget racing through the city to see her sparkle on a crisp Paris night. 

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Love in the walls of the Louvre

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Love in the walls of the Louvre

When you walk inside the walls of the Musée du Louvre you can't miss how they are filled with paintings and statues dedicated to love. Just the pieces depicting Venus could fill a small museum on their own. Antonio Canova's Psyché ranimée par le baiser de l'Amour, 1777, is one of those breathtaking pieces that says so much. It tells the story of a young girl, Psyche being asked by Cupid's mother Venus to bring back a flask from the underworld. Curiosity got the best of Psyche... and she opened the flask and breathed in the fumes and fell into a deep sleep. Cupid found her and rushed to her side, took her into his arms and revived her with a kiss. Based on Apuleius story Metamorphoses, the story ends with Cupid and Psyche were married and she was made the goddess of the Soul. Pretty sure Cupid had to be a Frenchman with such amazing magical powers

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The most romantic spots in Paris

The most romantic spots in Paris

Valentines Day is less than a week away and there is no place more romantic than the city of Paris. From just walking down the cobblestone streets, to a sidewalk café or just sitting in a museum and staring at an amazing piece of art, there isn't a corner of Paris that you don't fall in love with.  The City of Love, as it is called and can be validated by the many honeymooners and lovers that can be seen strolling down the street. But the French being the "language of love" in more ways the one I think has a lot more to do with it, they are very good at many languages of love.

I could post every day for a year and never run out of things that I love about Paris, but I will narrow it down to just a week of the most romantic spots in Paris and I did some intense research on this to make sure I shared only the best places.

Every morning in Paris  my feet need towalk across the beautiful Pont des Arts. A pedestrian bridge over the Seine connecting the Académie Française on the rive gauche to the Musee du Louvre on the rive droite. On one side as you look to the horizon you will see the Musee d'Orsay, Louvre, Grand Palais, and of course le Tour Eiffel. As you stand there and you can hear La Vie en Rose from the accordion player, the river slowly moving below your feet and just as it gets dark on the strike of every hour you look as far as you can see and the beautiful iron lady begins to shine and sparkle through the night sky,